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Maurina Scott Maurina Scott military daughter. spontaneous adventurer. student of life.

College freshman Maurina Scott is the daughter of an active duty military member. She has moved frequently, lived overseas, and embraced a life of exploration. Her dad recently returned from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan. [www.twitter.com/Maurina_Scott]

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I’m what people call a military brat. The first time my dad deployed in 2003, I was in grade school. I didn’t really understand what was going on until it was time to say goodbye. Then I cried and cried, and wouldn’t let go of his leg.

Five deployments later, I’m older and every goodbye gets a little easier. I get into my routine and worry less as time goes on. But that feeling I get when my dad comes home never changes.

No one likes to see someone they love deploy, we just want to see them come home. From day one, we anticipate their arrival. As each day passes, we look forward to a phone call or an email until the big day finally arrives. The day they are coming home.

Words can’t describe this emotional reunion. Wives and husbands wait with big smiles. Excited kids stand with their homemade “Welcome Home” signs, and proud parents anxiously await their child’s return. And when those buses arrive, the tears start coming. There is no better feeling then hugging your loved one, knowing they’ve made it home safely.

I often come across people who believe the military lifestyle is no way for a child to be raised. They think that all the moving around and a parent’s absence is too much stress on us. I believe that military children actually have an advantage. Change and adaptability are our way of life.

Yes, at times it’s stressful, but I’ve never met a military child who doesn’t appreciate what their parent does. Plus, we learn coping skills and independence at a young age.

Yes, we move around a lot, but we meet so many people and even experience living in other countries. We’re fortunate to have friends from all over the world from many different cultures and backgrounds. We’re even more fortunate to understand that although people may look and act different on the outside – on the inside, we are not all that different.

My greatest advice for others? Don’t spend your whole life in a bubble, doing the same old thing, in the same old place, day after day. Get out! Explore! Try new things! Meet new people! This is how our hearts and minds are opened. There is so much more in this world, and I want to see it!

I’m a military brat, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

– Maurina Scott

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